Thursday, October 29, 2015

Ring in the dialogue.

Writing prompt: Write a blog post inspired by the word: ring.


In keeping with the theme of this blog, I thought it would be fun to find movies with ring in the dialogue.

Ready? … Line, please!

Okay, I've heard various versions of this nursery rhyme, but never quite like this from The Wizard of Oz (1939)...

WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST
Ring around the rosie, a pocket full of spears! 


I haven't seen The Book of Life (2014), but I got a chuckle out of this line when I noticed which character was speaking...

GRANDMA
I was a beast in the ring.  A beast!


Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has some great lines in Iron Man (2008)...

TONY STARK
Iron Man. That's kind of catchy. It's got a nice 
ring to it. I mean it's not technically accurate.
The suit's a gold titanium alloy, but it's
kind of provocative, the imagery anyway.


Based on these two lines from Stardust (2007), we can get the impression of love and jealousy.

VICTORIA
Do you know, Humphrey's going all 
the way to Ipswich to buy me a ring.

TRISTAN
Ipswich? Victoria I'm talking about 
London or Paris or... A ring? 
Why is he... What kind of a ring?


And speaking of love, I gotta include The Notebook (2004)...

YOUNG ALLIE
No, I made a promise to a man.  
He gave me a ring and I gave him my word.


Don't keel over from shock, but I've never watched Rocky (1976) or any of the sequels, and I need to, right? Knowing it's a story of triumph, I assume this line refers to Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone)...

JERGENS
Tonight, we have had the privilege of
witnessing the greatest exhibition of guts
and stamina in the history of the ring.

Contrast that with this single line, taken out of context, and it makes Daniel (Ralph Macho) in The Karate Kid (1984) sound like a lost puppy.

DANIEL
Where am I, this ring over here?

When I saw Independence Day (1996), I enjoyed the interaction between David (Jeff Goldblum) and his father Julius (Judd Hirsch)...

JULIUS LEVINSON
It's the White House, for crying out loud.
You can't just go up and ring the doorbell.

Mushu (voice of Eddie Murphy) was my favorite character in Mulan (1998). Not all of these lines have the word ring included, but they help set up the humor in this scene...

FIRST ANCESTOR
Mushu! These are the family guardians. They...?

MUSHU
...protect the family.

FIRST ANCESTOR
And you, oh Demoted one?

MUSHU
I... ring the gong.

In Clueless (1995), Cher (Alicia Silverstone) gives very sound advice…

CHER
Dee, when your allergies act up,
take out your nose ring.


(If you knew nothing about the films, other than these lines, would any of them seem like a ringer?)



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20 comments:

  1. Oh, my. Now I have to re-watch Clueless, and it's all your fault! LOL!!

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    1. I liked Clueless! May place that on my watch list this weekend just for fun. In that case, I hope it rains.

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    2. I know the weekend isn't over yet, but did you watch Clueless?

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    3. No, but we did watch Risky Business. My hubby had not seen it before. And, 13 Going on 30.

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    4. Susan, it sounds like you had an enjoyable and relaxing weekend! (Now I want to watch 13 Going on 30 again!)

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  2. This is a fantastic take on the prompt!

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    1. Thank you! This is the second time I've followed a writing prompt for this blog. It's an extra challenge to tie the prompt to movies.

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  3. I like this. Hard work. Tony Stark's quote would be my fav.

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    1. Ah. Tony Stark. Good choice. And it's a good thing I was specifically looking for lines with "ring" in it, or it would have been extremely difficult to choose a favorite of his.

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  4. So cool! I love the way you put a ring on it all! Very good! Thanks for the smiles (and Netflix list for the weekend!). Coming at ya from Mama's Losin' It!

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    1. Glad I could help with the smiles and the Netflix queue. Enjoy the weekend!

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  5. Such a creative take on this prompt! Love that you included The Notebook :)

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    1. I nearly bawled my eyes out when I watched The Notebook, but what a beautiful story, huh?

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    2. It was a wonderful love story. I don't think my hubby has watched it. Perhaps, I'll remedy that. He is a sucker for good drama.

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    3. Susan, I hope your hubby likes it! I'll have to check with mine… I'm not sure if he's seen it.

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  6. What an awesome list! Thanks for doing all this research, it brought back fond memories of some favorite movies!

    I LOVE the Wizard of Oz, but I don't remember "Ring around the rosie, a pocket full of spears" So weird! Now I want to rewatch the movie again!

    But I also love the quote from Tony Stark in Iron Man... so funny!

    So, those are a tie for me for the number one spot.

    Coming at you from Mama's Losin' it!

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    1. I didn't remember that line from Wizard of Oz, either. But then, I haven't seen that movie in years.

      Glad this post brought fond memories… I've been in memory lane, too.

      Thank you for your comments!

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  7. Oh wow! I love what you did with this prompt!

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    1. Thanks! And thank you for the writing prompts!

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